Jan 26, 2016

Join us for OPS on Saturday February 20, 2016

The OPS annual Piping & Drumming Workshop will be held on Saturday February 20, 2016.
Our instructors are bagpiper Jori Chisholm and drummer Duncan Millar. Join us for a day of fun and excellent instruction from some amazing teachers! Get the workshop registration form here!

Evening's entertainment begins at 7:30pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the evening.  Held at the OddFellows Hall in Milwaukie, our location is fully handicapped accessible and we welcome all ages. We hope to see you all there! Jori Chisholm and Duncan Millar are our featured performers, the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band is our guest band for the evening, and we have Duncan Winters joining us as well!

Our featured performer is Jori Chisholm. Jori grew up playing at OPS and is looking forward to returning to play for the hometown audience of friends. Jori now lives in Seattle, Washington.  A successful solo competitor, Jori has won the United States Gold Medal four times and has placed in the top three in Scotland's Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal competition.  This past summer, he won two firsts and was the overall champion piper at Scotland's Royal Braemar Highland Gathering.  He was a member of the six-time Grade One World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from 1998 to 2015 and was a featured solo performer for the band on multiple occasions.

Jori Chisholm
Jori has been has been featured as a soloist or band member on over 20 recordings, as well as performing with The Chieftains and with ex-Grateful Dead rocker Bob Weir and his band Ratdog. His debut solo album Bagpipe Revolution was nominated for Album of the Year by Pipes|Drums magazine.

Jori is one of the world's busiest and most sought after piping instructors.  He's taught bagpipes for over 20 years, and was the first in the world to teach bagpipes online via webcam, starting in 2003. Jori's BagpipeLessons.com Studio website features hundreds of lessons, videos, tunes, hands-on demonstrations for pipers around the world to learn at their own pace and in conjunction with one-on-one lessons.  Also, Jori designed and manufactures the Bagpipe Gauge, a specialized device custom made to teach pipers how to blow their pipes strong and steady.  Jori has students of all ages around the world, including across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, and Belgium.

The New York Times featured Jori's online teaching program, BagpipeLessons.com, and described him as a "top-tier teacher" in a front page story about the growth of Skype music lessons.  American Profile Magazine featured Jori on the cover naming him one of the "world's elite pipers." In 2011, BagpipeLessons.com launched the world's first online piping competition and has grown the championship to include drumming.

The Keith Highlanders Pipe Band is a non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to broadening the public's interest in and appreciation for traditional Scottish piping, drumming, and dancing in the Pacific Northwest.

Keith Highlanders Pipe Band
The band was formed in 1952 and has a long history serving the Seattle community.  As the official pipe band of the Clan Keith (a rare designation outside Scotland), the band has performed internationally and throughout the Northwest.

In 2002, the band celebrated its 50th Anniversary and the 1000th Anniversary of the Clan Keith by traveling to Scotland. Thirty-two pipers, drummers and highland dancers made the two week trip, performing in Aberdeen, Peterhead, Inverugie, Inverurie, Dunnottar and at the Aboyne Highland Games. This trip also marked the first appearance by KHPB at the World Pipe Band Championships, where the band placed 11 out of 40 competitors.

In August of 2004, KHPB made a second competitive trip to Scotland.  The band competed in the the Bridge of Allan Highland Games  where they performed first in a group of 22 and came in 7th place. On the same day, the band won the trophy for "Best Overseas Band for Marching and Deportment". The highlight of the trip was coming in 6th place at the World Pipe Band Championships, with two 1st places scores from the piping judges.

Duncan Winters with his instructor Jori
And in 2008, the band made their 4th trip to the World Pipe Band Championships and finished a remarkable 3rd overall in Grade 4B. As a result, the band was promoted to Grade 4A.

Duncan Winters first became interested in bagpipes at age four while watching a cousin perform. He started on the chanter at age eighth, taking lessons with Jori Chisholm. Jori helped surprise him on his ninth birthday by assembling his new pipes for him. He has since moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, but continues to study with Jori via Skype. He won the aggregate at his first competition (Grade 5, Kamloops) in 2015 at age nine, and was named the outstanding student piper at Piping Hot Summer Drummer that same summer. He is currently a Grade 4 piper, and in 4th grade. He also enjoys playing lacrosse and being a cub scout.

Jan 19, 2016

January Photos

Thank you to all who attended OPS last Saturday! 

A big thank you to our Local Hero Jack Toohey for jumping in and entertaining the crowd. Thanks also to our Featured Performer Liam Hilder and the young pipers and dummers from the Northwest Junior Pipe Band!

See all the photos on our Facebook page (you can see them even if you aren't registered on Facebook). Please "LIKE" us too!

Feature Performer, Liam Hilder

Denny and Jayne

Northwest Junior Pipe Band
Kevin and Vincent

Local Hero, Jack Toohey

Gordon and his daughter

Jon and Erin

Boney Music Invitational Piping Competition and Recital

The top five pipers in the 2015 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate standing will each perform a medley of various musical styles at a new competition, the Boney Music Invitational Piping Competition and Recital sponsored by Andrew Bonar. The best performance will receive the newly sponsored Boney Music Invitational trophy.

Alastair Lee, Andrew Lee, Jori Chisholm, James Troy, and Brittney Otto have been invited to compete. All five of these pipers have performed for OPS in the past! Recently, Brittney and Alastair gave us great performances last November and December. We are also excited to have Jori Chisholm (formerly a regular competitor at OPS and a long time supporter) as one of our workshop instructors this year as well. (See the OPS workshop form here.)

Here are the details for the event. If you cannot attend please consider making a donation instead! 
Date and Time: Saturday February 13th at 7:00pm, Doors open at 6:30pm
Price:  Admission by donation.  A donation of $10.00 per person is recommended.  All profits will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation. Donations can be made at  http://bcp3a.cloverpad.org/page-1157926.  Enter “Boney Music Invitational” in the Comments field.
Location: Halpern Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus.
Congratulations and good luck to the pipers!

Jan 15, 2016

Piping & Drumming Workshop

The OPS annual Piping & Drumming Workshop will be held on Saturday February 20, 2016. 
Our instructors are bagpiper Jori Chisholm and drummer Duncan Millar. Join us for a day of fun and excellent instruction from some amazing teachers!

Get the workshop registration form here!

Jori Chisholm
Duncan Millar

Jan 11, 2016

Join us on January 16th for Oregon Pipers Society. Entertainment begins at 7:30pm.  There will be food and beverage available for purchase throughout the evening.

Held at the OddFellows Hall in downtown Milwaukie, our monthly event welcomes all ages.  Only $5 for OPS members. $10 for non-members. Kids 12 and under get in free! Become a member today.

We are looking forward to the Northwest Junior Pipe Band perfoming for us!

The NWJPB is a competition and performance-oriented pipe band, traveling each summer to Scottish Highland Games, competing against other bands and playing for the thousands of people who attend these events. In 2008 Northwest Junior Pipe Band was be the first youth pipe band from Washington State to travel to Scotland since 1969.

Founded in 1995, the band wears traditional, civilian-style Scottish uniforms with MacKenzie tartan kilts.

NWJPB is committed to nurturing the values of dedication, practice, teamwork, respect, responsibility, community service and tradition – always in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. Each year we donate several performances to a variety of causes. Band members can earn valuable community service hours for school in this way.

Our Featured Performer for the evening is Liam Hilder

Liam Hilder is 19 years old and has been piping since the age of 6. He was taught by his parents David and Shaunna Hilder, and is currently a member of the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band.

Liam is a two-time Grade One BCPA Grand Aggregate Champion, winning the title in 2013 and 2014 consecutively. He also won both the Nichol-Brown Chalice Invitational and the George Sherriff Memorial Invitational in 2014, and is one of very few to have won both of these prestigious events in the same year. Liam currently competes in the Professional class after his debut season in 2015.

Outside of bagpiping, Liam attends the University of British Columbia, where he is studying Engineering.